Can I stop HMRC bailiffs coming to the premises

6 March 2014

The term bailiff is really the name of someone who has the power to "distrain" on your goods and possessions in order to satisfy a debt. They can be used by any creditor whose debt has been proven by the court. Landlords and HMRC also have distraint powers. In the event that HMRC want to collect taxes an officer of HMRC will arrive at your premises without warning. However they are only likely to come after a number of warning letters have been sent. In some cases they will employ a debt collection company to collect the unpaid tax. So how does the bailiff take the goods? - They can do this by taking what is termed "walking possession"

To find out more visit our page about bailiffs and distraint on businesses